Novak Djokovic was topic to an eight-hour ordeal during which airport safety refused to let him sleep, denied him time to talk to his attorneys and unlawfully cancelled his visa, in keeping with the authorized group representing the world No1 tennis participant.

Djokovic was mentioned to be ‘shocked and confused’ by the outstanding scenes that unfolded in a single day in Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on January 6-7, with the Serbian insisting he had complied with all of the authorities’ necessities for coming into the nation.

His attorneys declare that the border safety employees made a ‘mischievous and spurious’ try to rush Djokovic into agreeing to the cancellation of his visa, thus stopping him from competing in subsequent week’s Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic's lawyers say he was 'shocked and confused' by treatment at Melbourne airport

Novak Djokovic’s attorneys say he was ‘shocked and confused’ by therapy at Melbourne airport

There will be a court hearing on Monday to determine whether he is deported from Australia

There can be a courtroom listening to on Monday to find out whether or not he’s deported from Australia

Solicitors mentioned their consumer was unfairly pressured into the choice and insisted that his therapy didn’t adjust to pure justice, describing the Border Pressure’s conduct as ‘procedurally unfair’.

Their authorized paperwork, submitted for Djokovic’s courtroom listening to on Monday, use a transcript from his airport interview to element what occurred as soon as his Emirates flight EK408 landed shortly earlier than midnight final Wednesday.

Alerted to Djokovic’s case whereas the Boeing 777-300ER was within the air from Dubai, Border Pressure officers had successfully determined he was not exempt from restrictions positioned on unvaccinated arrivals.

12.21am: They started an interview with Djokovic, a vaccine sceptic, at 12.21am and spent half-an-hour asking him about his visa. There have been a number of breaks within the interview lasting a couple of minutes. Djokovic, who was quoted within the authorized submission, instructed officers he had legitimately been granted an exemption as a result of he had examined optimistic for Covid throughout the previous six months.

‘I defined that I had been contaminated with Covid in December 2021 and on this foundation I used to be entitled to a medical exemption in accordance with Australian Authorities guidelines and steerage,’ he mentioned.

Djokovic fan waves a Serbia flag in support of tennis star inside Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Djokovic fan waves a Serbia flag in assist of tennis star inside Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

‘I additional defined that my medical exemption had been granted by the Impartial Knowledgeable Medical Overview Panel; that I had beforehand supplied all related medical stories to TA [Tennis Australia], together with my Covid PCR check outcomes, and that accordingly the visa shouldn’t be cancelled.

‘I instructed the ABF [Australian Border Force] officers that I had accurately made my Australian Journey Declaration and in any other case glad all mandatory necessities with the intention to lawfully enter Australia on my visa.’

3.55am: Djokovic was instructed the Australian Border Pressure was going to concern him with a discover cancelling his visa.

4.11am: The discover was given to him at 4.11am and Djokovic was granted 20 minutes to supply any additional info which may forestall it being processed. He instructed officers he wanted to ‘attempt to determine this out’ and requested to be given till not less than 8am and ideally 8.30am to talk to Tennis Australia, his solicitors and his agent for recommendation.

5.20am: A Border Pressure officer returned to tell him: ‘In order that’s completely effective, I’ve spoken with my supervisors they usually’re very happy to assist you to have a relaxation’. The interview was suspended and Djokovic led out of the interview room.

Protesters gathered outside the immigration detention hotel where Djokovic is being held

Protesters gathered outdoors the immigration detention resort the place Djokovic is being held

In accordance with Djokovic, whereas on a settee outdoors the interview room ready for a mattress to be ready, he was then approached by two officers who instructed him there was no level looking for authorized recommendation at this stage. They apparently argued that attorneys would have the ability to intervene successfully, through an enchantment, solely as soon as his visa was cancelled.

Djokovic mentioned he was ‘confused’ and was granted extra time to suppose by the recommendation. He was led to the room with a mattress within the perception that the 8.30am deadline stood.

6am: Roughly half-an-hour later, Djokovic was woken by border safety, who had been hoping for a fast choice. Djokovic reiterated his want to attend till 8.30am, just for a supervisor to use extra stress on him. An exhausted Djokovic relented, having determined that no matter what was put earlier than the Border Pressure, they had been ‘going to cancel his visa, it is apparent’.

6.07am: The interview was restarted for seven minutes, with Djokovic providing no additional proof to assist his case.

7.29am: An hour later, his visa was cancelled and the Serb was notified 10 minutes later. He admitted to being in ‘shock’ at how the state of affairs had spiralled.

His authorized group mentioned the stress reportedly positioned on him to undergo the desire of the officers with out correct recommendation was illegal. They mentioned he had been in transit for 25 hours by the point the dispute reached its conclusion and that he was in no situation to make a reasoned choice.

‘The idea that the supervisors proffered as to why Mr Djokovic ought to go together with that [visa cancellation] was patently spurious and mischievous i.e. it might truly be higher for Mr Djokovic and his representatives if the choice had been made shortly and earlier than Mr Djokovic rested or consulted along with his representatives,’ the courtroom doc learn.

Djokovic supporters have also gathered in protest back in his home country of Serbia

Djokovic supporters have additionally gathered in protest again in his residence nation of Serbia

‘The idea for reneging proffered by the supervisor was spurious as a result of it plainly was not, and would by no means have been, higher for Mr Djokovic if a visa cancellation choice had been made whereas he was unrested and with out consulting along with his representatives.

‘If Mr Djokovic had been given the time… his representatives might have made apparent additional submissions and offered additional apparent materials, as related to why his visa shouldn’t be cancelled.’

The attorneys additionally addressed the suggestion that his exemption utility was not topic to due course of. Or that ‘Tennis Australia facilitated his medical exemption from vaccination requirement and accomplished the Australian Journey Declaration on his behalf’.

They mentioned that he produced proof of a current optimistic Covid PCR check from the Institute of Public Well being of Serbia in assist of his exemption.

It confirmed that his ‘first optimistic Covid PCR check was recorded’ on December 16, though it was not clear whether or not this was the date of the check or when Djokovic acquired the consequence.